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Issue #2441 :: Monday, April 5, 2010

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Bill Gates to Visit UC Berkeley This Month
Software entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates will visit UC Berkeley later this month to encourage students to "give back" to the global community.

Safety Officers Injured in Berkeley High Fight
Two Berkeley High School safety officers were injured Monday afternoon while breaking up a fight between six females, three of whom were students at the high school.

City Aims to Participate in Google High-Speed Internet Program
Joining more than 1,100 other communities nationwide, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously March 9 to apply for Google's Fiber for Communities program.

New Council to Look Into Athletics Funding
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau created a new advisory council March 31 in an attempt to revamp efforts to resolve ongoing controversy surrounding millions of dollars of campus financial support to the UC Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics auxiliary.

News

New Council to Look Into Athletics Funding
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau created a new advisory council March 31 in an attempt to revamp efforts to resolve ongoing controversy surrounding millions of dollars of campus financial support to the UC Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics auxiliary.

Candidates Discuss Role of President
Heading into the start of the ASUC's general election Tuesday, presidential candidates diverged in their perspectives of the office's political underpinnings.

Yudof Proposes Systemwide Adoption of Holistic Admissions Process Podcast
Proposed changes to the UC admissions process may allow more applicants who otherwise would have been rejected by the strict point-based formula currently employed at most campuses to attend the university.

Springtime Celebration Colors Campus Gallery Video
UC Berkeley students splashed each other with colorful paint for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in a celebration of springtime on Lower Sproul Plaza Saturday.

Study: Hyena Giggles Are Serious Business Podcast
UC Berkeley researchers studying hyena communication recently found that the giggles the animals produce are no laughing matter.

Berkeley Teenagers Killed in Head-on Collision
Two Berkeley teenagers were killed Wednesday in a car accident in Richmond, marking the end of a lifelong friendship between "brothers."

Series of Car Burglaries Reported on Campus
Numerous car burglaries were reported last Monday in the course of an hour in the northeast part of the UC Berkeley campus, and police believe at least some of the incidents are connected.

Bill Gates to Visit UC Berkeley This Month
Software entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates will visit UC Berkeley later this month to encourage students to "give back" to the global community.

Safety Officers Injured in Berkeley High Fight
Two Berkeley High School safety officers were injured Monday afternoon while breaking up a fight between six females, three of whom were students at the high school.

City Aims to Participate in Google High-Speed Internet Program
Joining more than 1,100 other communities nationwide, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously March 9 to apply for Google's Fiber for Communities program.


Sports

When Being a 'Gamer' Goes Too Far
The ball came screaming off Mark Canha's metal bat at 110 mph. Its forward trajectory ended 60 feet away -- against the side of Arizona pitcher Kurt Heyer's head.

Clutch Hits From Canha Lift Cal to Series Sweep Over Arizona
Though missing an official captain, the Cal baseball team is not without an anchor.

Bears Win First WNIT Championship Title Over Miami Podcast
Scissors in hand, DeNesha Stallworth climbed the ladder, ready to cut down her piece of the WNIT championship net.

Bears Avoid Sweep in Weekend on the Farm
The third time was the charm for the Cal softball team at Stanford this past Saturday.

Bears Edged by Oklahoma, Place Second at MPSFs
There is much to be said about the victories the Cal men's gymnastics team recorded in its second place finish at Saturday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships hosted by Oklahoma at the McCasland Field House.

Bears Remain Winless in MPSF After Stanford Drubbing
The Cal lacrosse team's game on Sunday was important for a number of reasons. One was, of course, that they were playing Stanford. Another was that they had specifically chosen to make the rivalry their senior game and held a ceremony honoring the team's four graduating players before the game. In addition, it was a chance for the team to turn around their 0-2 conference record against the team which is picked to win the MPSF in a preseason coaches' poll.

Top-10 Teams Leave Cal With a Winless Weekend
Last year UCLA won the Pac-10 championship and USC won the NCAA championship.

Bears Notch 13 Personal Bests at Jim Click Shootout
The Cal track and field team left for the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., expecting a tune-up for next weekend's Big Meet against Stanford yet returned with numerous notable performances from both men and women.

Scoring Barrage Tips in Bears' Favor as They Top Arizona State
After Saturday's women's water polo match between No. 3 Cal and No. 9 Arizona State, the maintenance crew at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center may need to purchase some new goals.

Cal Downs USC; UCLA Match Postponed
Perhaps the only bright side from the rainy weekend for the Cal women's tennis team is that it found its way back into the win column with a home victory against USC on Saturday.

Lineup Changes Help Cal to a 12-Race Sweep
Cal women's crew coach Dave O'Neill faltered a bit when he tried to remember the lineup of the varsity eight boat that raced Saturday. It's no wonder why he did.


Arts & Entertainment

Mouthing Off
Deploying an arsenal of fables, e-mail spam, colloquialisms and Chinese superstitions, among other things, Lisa Chen's poetry is more transparent than it sounds. And that's a compliment. It's refreshing to witness a young poet playing with the surface of language while at the same time writing accessible material with the narrative stroke of a novelist. Her poetry doesn't hide behind extraneous word choices or oblique metaphors. Rather, it exists in a place that's visible to the reader, and even more so for the listeners who attended last Wednesday's reading for the Lunch Poems series at the Morrison Library.

Peter Chan's 'The Warlords' Lacks Commanding Presence
Out of the wellspring of bloody chivalry emerges "The Warlords," Hong Kong director Peter Chan's first foray into the vaunted historical epic genre. Released in China in 2007 to significant commercial success, the film weaves a promising account of wartime brotherhood that often falters in both exposition and execution. In the time elapsed between its heavy-handed opening and its melodramatic denouement, a sense of conventional familiarity prevails.

David Byrne at Fatboy Slim: HERE LIES LOVE Podcast
David Byrne has kept remarkably busy in the 22 years since his beloved group Talking Heads stopped recording.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I LEARNED THE HARD WAY
Since their first album in 2002, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have resuscitated funk and soul to their original forms. The band uses specialized recording equipment, art design and costuming to holistically capture the feel of the '60s and '70s. And yet ironically, this retro appeal is refreshing in a time of hip-hop permutations, vocoders and 808s, as with their latest album, I Learned the Hard Way.

Jonsi: GO
Sigur Ros has never been never a band afraid of taking artistic risks. From singing in imaginary languages to bowing the electric guitar, the Icelandic quartet has explored distant corners of the post-rock universe with their dream-like albums.

Dr. Dog: SHAME, SHAME Podcast
Dr. Dog has spent years making albums from home studios with 8-track tape recorders, creating a scrappy lo-fi aesthetic that arguably defined the band as much as their '60s pop-influenced music.

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